San Francisco Human Services Administration
Sima Alikani is a management consultant with over eighteen years of consulting experience leading global initiatives for startup to Fortune 500 companies. She focuses on technology and business strategy, strategic operations analysis and optimization, business process design and re-engineering and enterprise information systems. In addition to working with companies like Apple, Genentech and Honeywell, she has supported nonprofit organizations including the YWCA and American Red Cross. Sima holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from San Francisco State University with a focus on Operations Management and Information Systems.
The San Francisco Human Services Agency administers social service programs to promote the wellbeing and self-sufficiency of more than 200,000 low-income and vulnerable individuals. The Agency hired Sima to analyze data the agency is collecting through its newly upgraded systems and to integrate that analysis into its strategic planning and business processes. This effort will help tailor programming to fit client needs in real time and equip the agency to make better informed planning and resource allocation decisions to serve the needs of the community in the long-term.
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Patti Birbiglia is a marketing executive with over fifteen years of experience leading branding, marketing and strategy both inside Fortune 100 companies and as a consultant to CMOs and marketing teams. Her experience includes executive positions with Sapient, Frog Design, and Stone Yamashita Partners, as well as consulting engagements with IBM, Starbucks, Franklin Templeton Investments, Cisco, United Airlines and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and English from Colgate University and dual MBA degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University.
In response to national healthcare reform, the Department of Public Health has undertaken several initiatives, including building a world-class trauma center and developing a citywide health network. Having functioned historically as a safety net provider for vulnerable populations, the SF Health Network is now also working to become the region’s provider of choice. The Department hired Patti to help advance its mission to protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans by better connecting community members with the wide array of exceptional services available to them.
Los Angeles Public Library
Alex Castillo is a brand management and development executive with significant experience in global consumer products and filmed entertainment. He worked for Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Kraft Foods, where he held positions of increasing responsibility on leading global brands including Pantene, Gatorade, Gillette and Kraft Cheese. In 2002, he founded Castle2000 Films with the mission to produce groundbreaking films that entertain, inspire and promote social and cultural diversity. Alex received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Los Angeles has one of the largest immigrant populations in the country and estimates that 800,000 individuals are eligible for citizenship, but may not be pursuing that status because of inherent barriers in the systems. The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) recently launched a variety of programs to help immigrants begin the process of becoming citizens at all of its 73 branch locations. LAPL hired Alex to coordinate efforts across branches as well as with the appropriate federal, state and local immigration and citizenship agencies. This project will ensure that more potential citizens are aware of their opportunities and that LAPL serves as a trusted resource for those pursuing the process.
San Francisco Office of the Mayor & San Francisco Unified School District
Nicola Clifford is a management consultant who has worked with executive-level clients across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. As a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting, she focused on strategic planning, program management and insider threat. She has managed large teams, performed in-depth analyses around strategic challenges and led change management strategies for a variety of clients. Nicola holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
There has never been a greater need in this country for professionals trained in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Bay Area is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies and is uniquely positioned to lead the way in educating its young people for STEM careers. The Office of the Mayor, the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce hired Nicola to work closely with public, private and nonprofit partners to align current initiatives and develop a comprehensive regional plan to prepare students for STEM careers.
Los Angeles Office of City Administrative Officer
Korin Crawford is an entrepreneurial leader with fourteen years of experience in real estate, urban infrastructure, and property acquisition. He recently completed the Stanford MSx Program (formerly Sloan Fellows Program), a full-time Masters program for mid-career professionals at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to Stanford, Korin was Managing Partner of Ekology Infrastructure, offering advisory services to investors, utilities, and public agencies to build innovative portfolios of sustainable infrastructure. As an independent individual investor, Korin built a 35-unit, $9 million portfolio of residential real estate in the Bay Area, including a $4.5m green prefabricated townhouse development and a 4-lot infill land development. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
With an outdated infrastructure that is ill equipped to serve its large and growing population, Los Angeles is in need of major public works and infrastructure development, including new roads and bridges, improving water treatment plants, revitalizing open spaces and repairing waterways. Because the high demand for such projects significantly exceeds limited public resources, the CAO hired Korin to work with city agencies to identify and explore innovative public-private partnerships that can help to finance the city’s rapidly growing infrastructure needs.
California Health & Human Services Agency
Niles Friedman has over fifteen years of executive management and advisory experience that spans the private and public sectors, both domestically and internationally. Most recently, he served as a Senior Advisor with the U.S. Small Business Administration. He previously served as a Vice President with BroadReach Healthcare, LLC, where he led a division that created commercial markets to improve access to products and services in collaboration with health system and hospital leaders, government agencies and private sector partners. Niles also previously served as a National Partnership Director with The Advisory Board Company and as Manager with Deloitte Consulting. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Management and Public Policy from Emory University.
Over the past several years, the California Health & Human Services Agency (CHHS) has been focused on increasing public access to health-related data, operating with greater levels of transparency and embracing more innovative approaches to its operations. CHHS aims to revitalize the way healthcare is provided and promoted throughout the State. With support from the California HealthCare Foundation, CHHS hired Niles to establish a new Health Innovation Office to demonstrate the potential of innovation to help make California the healthiest state in the nation.
San Francisco International Airport
David Gabriel co-founded Global Reach Leadership LLC – a consulting firm specializing in organizational assessment, coaching, leadership development and talent management. He has worked with clients in the technology, healthcare, pharmaceutical, government, education and nonprofit sectors to improve individual, team and enterprise performance and collaboration. David previously served as Senior Director of Organization Effectiveness and Talent Management at McKesson. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of California Davis, a Master of Science in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Doctorate in Organization & Leadership from the University of San Francisco.
One of the busiest airports in the world, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) also strives to be the best airport in the world by providing the highest level of safety and customer service. With 1,600 employees, it is crucial for SFO to excel at recruiting, developing, managing and retaining world-class talent at every level of the organization. SFO hired David to build a human capital management plan to enable the airport’s employees to provide unparalleled safety and service to travelers to and from San Francisco.
San Francisco Office of Contract Administration
Rob Henning most recently served as the Director of Platform Development for beEdison, a software company in the solar energy market. Prior to his role, he served as a Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for NBCUniversal and as a Senior Associate and Manager in the Audit Division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. A Certified Public Accountant, Rob holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a Master of Arts in Sustainability from Harvard University.
San Francisco is one of the largest purchasers of goods and services throughout the Bay Area and conducts transactions with the private, public and social sectors totaling over $1 billion annually. As part of a major upgrade of its financial systems, the City hired Rob to help overhaul its purchasing and contracting processes. Rob’s scope of work will include integrating technology, improving and streamlining systems, more efficiently connecting projects with vendors and providing equal access to all prospective vendors regardless of size or ownership.
Los Angeles Office of City Administrative Officer
Ahmed Hnesh has more than a decade of experience managing complex stakeholder environments and leading large-scale projects including strategic planning, performance improvement and financial management initiatives. As a Senior Manager for Deloitte, he specialized in working with senior governmental leaders and corporate executives to craft strategies, design governance models and build technology-enabled organizations capable of world-class execution. Most recently, Ahmed helped launch and scale Deloitte’s presence in Libya where he led the firm’s consulting operations to help guide the country through its challenging transition. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh.
Los Angeles was recently named by the United States Olympic Committee as the official US Bid City to host the 2024 Olympics. The bid, which creates the potential for the City to develop its infrastructure, increase its revenue and elevate itself on the international stage, requires an enormous financial and logistical commitment. The CAO hired Ahmed to act as the City’s liaison to the LA 2024 Olympic Committee, working with public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit partners to help develop a comprehensive, financially responsible and competitive plan to bring the Olympics to LA.
Office of Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin
Los Angeles Office of City Administrative Officer
Geoff Kees Thompson has more than ten years of project management experience, including large corporate environments such as Comcast and Accenture. He specializes in technology, communication, marketing and research for projects focused on urban planning, municipal governance, economic development and advocacy. Geoff is also a founder of both a nonprofit and non-partisan political action committee focused on urban spaces in Philadelphia. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and International Business, International Studies and Spanish from Penn State University. Geoff also holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
The City of Los Angeles faces a significant challenge in addressing its homelessness crisis. While multiple city departments and agencies are currently engaged with homeless individuals and families, their approaches are not well coordinated. This causes inconsistency of response, high expenditures and service redundancy. The CAO hired Geoff to work with government agencies and community groups to develop an integrated approach to address homelessness, including common goals, innovative programs and outcomes measurement.
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Yves Louis-Jacques is a management and technology consultant with a focus on financial investment, analysis and reporting. Most recently, he advised CrossBoundary, an investment advisory firm and an international donor organization on frontier market investment opportunities. Yves previously served as a financial analyst at the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi and was also a partner for FREE DMC, a marketing and content agency where he led brand strategy and partnerships. Yves’ career began at Accenture, where he spent nine years leading client engagements in the public service and media/entertainment groups. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and a dual Master of Public Policy degree from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University.
San Francisco’s 24-hour economy requires thousands of workers in the entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing and other industries to commute during late-night and early-morning hours. The overnight public transit system does not currently align with these needs, however, leaving many workers without access to safe, affordable and reliable transportation options. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development hired Yves to work with city departments, regional government partners and local industries to implement an overnight transportation plan that will better serve the needs of businesses, workers and visitors.
San Francisco Office of the Mayor
Autumn McDonald has more than a decade of experience working with foundations, nonprofits, companies and associations on strategy, program design and evaluation. She most recently served as senior consultant with strategy-consulting firm FSG, with a focus on collective impact as a problem-solving approach. Autumn previously founded and consulted with Catalyst Education Consulting, serving multiple national and state-level clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, a Master in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Master in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.
Although women are a vital force within the economy, they are compensated at a significantly lower level than their male counterparts and are continually underrepresented across professions and leadership positions. In response, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland will co-host a regional Women’s Empowerment & Opportunity Summit. Autumn was hired to help translate the Summit’s ideas into action. Autumn will help to shape proposed programs, policies and public/private initiatives to improve economic and social opportunities for women and families throughout the Bay Area region.
California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
Sundeep Pattem is an experienced data scientist working on applications in public policy and services. With a focus on achieving social impact, he has developed solutions for challenging problems in healthcare, education and energy sustainability. Most recently he served as Head Data Scientist of SkilledUp, where he led efforts to convert large datasets into tools for helping people make career and learning decisions. As an expert consultant for education startup SlideRule, he developed a data science course curriculum and mentored several aspiring data scientists. Sundeep holds a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
As part of its growing focus on criminal justice reform, the California Department of Justice is launching an ambitious effort to transform itself into a data-driven organization. A major first step in this plan is the creation of OpenJustice, a transparency initiative that will help build trust and increase accountability by making law enforcement data available to the community. The Office of Attorney General Kamala Harris hired Sundeep to lead OpenJustice as well as to conduct research and analysis to implement stronger, more meaningful data sharing across agencies and with community partners.￼￼￼
San Francisco Department of Emergency Management
Lisa Starliper has over 20 years of experience in operations management, most recently with strategy and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton where she worked as a project manager for the implementation of President Barack Obama’s National Ocean Policy. Prior to joining Booz Allen, she spent 27 years in the U.S. Coast Guard where she reaching the highest enlisted rank possible, that of Master Chief. Serving a third of her career at sea, Lisa led shipboard communications for a multitude of Coast Guard missions, including drug interdiction and rescue operations. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Security Management from American Military University and a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management leads the city’s planning around response and recovery from a wide array of potential disasters. Because emergency management is a constantly evolving practice with new standards and new strategies for preparation, response, recovery and resiliency, plans must be updated regularly to stay relevant. The Department hired Lisa to coordinate the next phase of emergency preparedness planning for the city. This work will help ensure that San Francisco is able to function as a cohesive entity in responding to emergencies that might arise over the next several years.
Los Angeles Office of Immigrant Affairs
Eric Steiner has more than a decade of experience in community development and public service, including service in the Peace Corps in Ecuador where he worked with farmers to diversify their sources of income and launch small businesses. He has also served as a project associate for the United Nation’s Capital Development Fund, assisting local governments in Nicaragua with implementation of economic development projects. Domestically, Eric worked for New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, where he helped design and develop New York City’s Maritime Emergency Transportation plan. He also worked at New York City’s Housing Authority, where he helped increase access to resources and supportive services for the city’s public housing residents. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Miami University of Ohio and Masters of Urban Planning from New York University.
Immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners have the potential to create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. However, limited English language skills and educational experience, citizenship status and other obstacles can make navigating the process of opening or expanding a business especially challenging. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs hired Eric to help ensure that immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners have access to the tools they need to successfully integrate into the Los Angeles business community. This work will enable the immigrant entrepreneur community to become an important economic force for the region.